“Sometimes you have luck and sometimes you have no luck at all.”
That was Gary Patterson’s message to reporters Saturday afternoon as he relayed the news that senior place kicker and kick-off specialist Cole Bunce had been struck by a vehicle on his way to report day and had emergency surgery of an unspecified nature in response.
“We might have lost Cole Bunce for the season - on his way over on the morning we were checking in he got hit by a car on his scooter,” Patterson said. “He had to have an emergency operation - I can’t tell you what - but I don’t think he is going to be able to play the rest of the year.”
Bunce was the Horned Frogs’ kick-off specialist last season, in addition to going 12-12 on extra points and 4-9 on field goals, with a long of 41. Now, it appears he might not play a snap again at TCU, as Patterson went on to say “I think his career is over.”
According to a police report obtained by ESPN, Bunce was driving a scooter around 10 a.m. ET on Thursday when a car turned left in front of it while attempting to pull into a private driveway.
”[The other driver] did not see [Bunce] and turned into [him], knocking the driver off. [Bunce] had the right of way,” the police report said. The driver was cited with a failure to yield.
While the health of Cole is certainly of the utmost importance, this leaves a clouded picture at kicker for TCU Football this fall. Senior Jonathan Song will have a leg-up on field goals after going 9-12 last season, including the game-winner in the Cheez-It Bowl. Though he’s not been known for having an especially big leg in his collegiate career, Song did hit a 46 yard attempt last season. Also in contention is freshman Griffin Kell, a walk-on out of Arlington who trained with former Frog Jaden Oberkrom throughout his high school career. Kell could also take over kick-off duties this fall. Punter Jordy Sandy, who looked great in punting drills, has a strong leg - but Patterson was quick to clarify that he has a “strong PUNT leg”.
The Frogs open their season August 31st against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.